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date: 30 November 2020

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This essay examines the works of the American playwright Arthur Miller, who was considered a transitional figure in politically charged drama. It refers to the influence of the Great Depression and leftist politics on Miller, situates his early well-known plays in the Broadway of the late 1940s, and traces the shift from 1930s social class struggle to the 1950s suspicion of personal morality. It explains that labor issues were no longer current when Miller wrote his labor-oriented plays and explores how certain of his works, particularly The Archbishop’s Ceiling, were influenced by the anti-Communist hysteria of the 1950s.

Keywords: Arthur Miller, American playwright, political drama, political activism, Broadway, labor-oriented plays, The Archbishop’s Ceiling

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